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England Performance Group (EPG) announced!

The EPG is designed to accelerate our top players' performance towards world class standard with a view to populating the World Class Programme with English players capable of winning medals at major tournaments. In order to select our EPG, over 60 players have taken part in our robust talent screening process.

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Phase 1 of the talent screening process took place within our 5 Academies around the country who each nominated players for phase 2. Phase 2 took place at the end of September which saw 22 players being put through their paces by our team of England Performance Group (EPG) coaches. Players were assessed against criteria set by Boccia UK across 4 key elements: technical, tactical, physical and mindset.

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Following phase 2, our selection panel made up of Matt Kendrick (Boccia England’s Performance Pathway Talent Lead), Barry Bowden (EPG Head Coach) and Liz Wilks (Boccia UK’s Performance Pathway Coaching Lead) met. The panel considered all information and data collected and compiled by the EPG coaches and selected the following players:

BC1/2 - Felicity Nicholls (EPG Performance Coach)

  • Jabe Peake

  • Reshad Saraj

  • Tia Ruel

  • Tim Hayes

  • William Hipwell

BC3 - Dan Headley (EPG Performance Coach)

  • Lee Maddison

  • Lewis Fisher

  • Matt Berry

  • Rich Amos

  • William Arnott

BC4 - Sunil Birdy (EPG Performance Coach)

  • Alfie Yates

  • Louis Saunders

  • Penny Froude

We are very excited about the standard of play throughout the screening process and we are seeing real depth in terms of quality throughout our talent pathway. Whilst selections are now complete, we can select players for the EPG at any point throughout the year from the Academies. If there are players who would like to join the England Talent Pathway please get in touch talent@bocciaengland.org.uk

New competition season starts!

The 2017/2018 boccia season kicks off with Fixture Day 1 of the Super League on Saturday 30th September!

The Super League consists of the top six pan disability teams in England, for 2017/2018 we welcome back 2016/2017 Champions Pauls Place, plus Southern All Stars, Jorvik Boccia and Camboccia along with promoted Pace A and Rio's Rockets.

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'Rio Rockets representing Nottinghamshire Boccia Club are proud to be gaining promotion from the National League to the Super League, we are looking forward to the challenge and winning matches.’

West Nottinghamshire College, Mansfield are hosting the competition. Follow the results online through the event page - Super League Fixture Day 1. Spectators welcome!

Making your views count

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Thank you to all of those members who recently completed our survey earlier this summer. The feedback from this survey is extremely important to us with a number of good ideas and suggestions to help us improve, these include;

• Membership Support – providing information and support in relation to funding, using equipment and training tips

• Classification – provide clearer information on how classification works in the sport of boccia.

Members also highlighted that they would like to see Boccia England continue to support the development of local leagues and promote local clubs which we are very much committed to.

Over the course of the year we will continue to keep you briefed on the improvements that we are making to the sport.

Parents in Sport week 2017

Boccia England is pleased to join the NSPCC to promote Parents in Sport Week 2017.

The NSPCC and Boccia England have joined forces with more than 100 sports organisations in the UK and Ireland to promote Parents in Sport Week. We want our boccia clubs to rally behind our efforts from October 2nd -8th to underscore the positive, supporting role that parents play. Coaches and officials can also examine their communication with parents to benefit children’s involvement in sport.

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Feedback from current sports stars and research with young people shows how important parents are as role models.

Dr Camilla Knight of Swansea University who studies parental involvement in sport says, “Parents play a critical role within youth sport. Without their support and involvement youth sport could not exist in the way it does today”.

However we all know of ‘over-involved’ or ‘pushy’ parents which subsequently can affect a children’s experience. Through Parents in Sport Week, the NSPCC and Boccia England are helping to change the conversation and remind everyone of the important and extremely valuable contribution parents make to our sport but only if they are engaged appropriately.

The NSPCC has produced resources for clubs to use with parents and their own coaches. These are available on the CPSU Website

Through Parents in Sport Week, the NSPCC and Boccia England hope to highlight the essential role parents have to a child’s enjoyment and success in playing sport.

Special Olympics GB National Summer Games 2017 Success

The Special Olympics Great Britain National Summer Games took place at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield between 7 – 12 August 2017.

This was the country’s largest multi-sports event for athletes with intellectual disabilities to be held in 2017. Around 2,600 athletes with intellectual disabilities of all ages and abilities came together from across the country. They were supported over the 4 days of competition by 800 coaches, 1000 volunteers, 200 officials and over 7,000 family & friends.

The Special Olympics GB’s National Games 2017 was a great success and one of the most successful ever held! All involved from the athletes to volunteers to sporting venues were second to none and these Games will be remembered as a great sporting moment hosted in Sheffield.

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Congratulations to boccia athlete Leslie Martin who won gold at Special Olympics GB, this was his biggest competition yet. Leslie, said: “I was up against some strong competitors, some were ex-England and ex-Great Britain players., read more about Leslie's great achievement here and for details of all results please see here

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Congratulations to all those helped set up this this fabulous event and in particular to dedicated Boccia England volunteer Rachel Miller who coordinated event.

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For more information, photos and news on the Special Olympics Great Britain National Summer Games 2017 please visit their website here

England Performance Coaches Appointed

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We are pleased to announce that the group of England Performance coaches have been appointed for the 17/18 season. We are really excited to work with this fantastic group of coaches as we continue to drive the standard of play within the England Talent Pathway (ETP). This group of coaches will be working with either the England Performance Group (EPG) or with individual athletes as part of our Unlock+ programme. This is the next step towards further professionalising our sport as these coaches take up paid positions as oppose to being voluntary.

The coaches will design training programmes and deliver high performance coaching to our most talented athletes. The coaches will be operating as a key part of the wider UK player pathway and will work closely with Barry Bowden as Head Coach. The coaches will be overseen by Matt Kendrick, Performance Pathway Talent Lead, as we work towards our collective goal to help athletes to achieve their potential and ultimately populate the World Class Programme with English athletes.

England Performance Group

  • BC1/2 Team – Felicity Nicholls

  • BC3 Pairs – Dan Headley

  • BC4 Pairs – Sunil Birdy

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  • Matt Kendrick

  • Liz Wilks

  • Sandra King

National Boccia Day 2017 is a big success

A huge thanks to all those who took part in #NationalBocciaDay 2017! We were overwhelmed by the support we received and how many clubs got behind us to spread the word about boccia. Saturday 12 August was a great success.

#NationalBocciaDay was extra special this year as it coincided with the 2017 UK Boccia Championships and clubs had the chance to hook up their TVs and view the live steaming of the high quality matches taking place.

Clubs who celebrated #NationalBocciaDay also had the chance to win free tickets to the BISFed 2018 World Boccia Championships and free Boccia England membership for the 2017/18 season. All they had to do was post photos on social media using #NationalBocciaDay or take a fun and smiley selfie to show us how they celebrated the day.

Boccia England CEO Chris Ratcliffe said: ‘As the national governing body of boccia, we are always looking for different ways to bring our sport to the attention of new audiences. After the success of #NationalBocciaday 2016 we were excited to see how 2017 would be celebrated. The boccia community were extremely active and hosted, boccia fests, come and try sessions, competitions, boccia demonstrations and much more up and down the country.

He adds: 'One of the reasons people love playing is because it is so inclusive and puts everyone on a level playing field, regardless of their ability.

We hope this event will become a permanent annual fixture for clubs up and down the country for years to come.’

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the competition to win free tickets to the BISFed 2018 World Boccia Championships is Sheffield Smashers Boccia Club

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Don't forget to send us your photos, we'd love to share them!

To see more of what when on, check out Twitter #NationalBocciaDay

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World Championships logo unveiled at UK Championships

The logo for the 2018 BISFed World Boccia Championships was revealed on Sunday 13th August at the medal ceremony for the 2017 United Kingdom Boccia Championships.

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The UK Championships was held at Exhibition Centre Liverpool, the same venue that will be used for the World Championships the following year. Paralympic champion David Smith MBE retained his BC1 title while World Champion Stephen McGuire repeated his BC4 triumph of 2016. In the BC2 competition Tim Hayes claimed the title in his first appearance at a UK Championships. In the most dramatic final, Scott McCowan beat his brother Jamie after a tie-break to take the BC3 crown.

It was a successful championships for England winning 6 medals. The results of the 2017 United Kingdom Boccia Championships can be found here

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The World Championships will take place between the 12th and 18th of August 2018. Liverpool will play host to 192 athletes at the most prestigious boccia competition outside the Paralympic Games. Assistant Mayor of Liverpool Councillor Wendy Simon told the athletes at the medal ceremony how thrilled Liverpool was to be the home of the World Championships and that all participants would receive a very warm welcome to a sports mad city.

Tickets will go on sale later in the year and the local organising committee aim to stage a competition that will showcase a sport of intriguing tactics, incredible skill and nail biting tension to a new audience. The event is supported by UK Sport, Liverpool City Council and ACC Liverpool Group. The logo was inspired by the rich cultural history of Liverpool and combines details of Boccia court markings into a striking montage.

Boccia England Membership

Membership for the 2017-18 season will be available from the 1st September 2017. The membership season runs between 1st October 2017 until the 30th September 2018 but you can sign up and start accessing the benefits from the 1st September.

We are pleased to announce that membership fees remain unchanged for a third year running. You can renew your membership or sign up for the first time to access benefits such as discount on boccia balls and merchandise and public liability insurance cover.

For more information on membership and how to join visit the membership page. There is also a step by step guide that you may find useful.

If you require any further support then please contact us us our office hours are 09.00-17.00 Monday to Friday.

Nominate Boccia England

Help us continue making a difference through the sport of boccia.

If you are a member of Yorkshire Building Society then you could nominate Boccia England as a charity to benefit from a grant from the Yorkshire Building Society’s Charitable Foundation.

Once nominated, Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation will get in touch with us if they would like to consider an application.

For more information visit Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation website and click here to recommend Boccia England.

Thank you!